Anesthesiology Researchers featured in Latest Publication of Washington University School of Medicine's Outlook Magazine

Sep 20, 2013

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Investigators at the School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology are using genetic engineering to influence how cells respond to light.

One team is investigating proteins in the eye called opsins, which allow photoreceptor cells to convert light into vision and enable us to see, to activate other types of cells. This allows the scientists to use light to control cell behavior.

Other investigators are working with optogenetics — using light to influence specific neurons in animals in order to map brain circuits and understand complex behaviors related to sleep, depression, anxiety and pain.

Potentially their findings could allow the development of precisely targeted light-based therapies.

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